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Published: 08:43 | 9/5/16

Hahn prevails at Quail Hollow


James Hahn held his nerve to defeat Roberto Castro in a play-off at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Prior to Quail Hollow, Hahn had missed eight consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour but he carded a two-under 70 to set-up a play-off with Castro.

The world number 134 moved to the top of the leaderboard with an eagle at the seventh before adding a birdie at the ninth but he was joined by Castro and Justin Rose when he dropped a shot at the par-four 12.

Castro regained the lead with a birdie at the 14th only for Hahn to join him with his own birdie on the 15th before the former once again moved ahead with another birdie until back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 saw him hand advantage back to Hahn.

Par at the final hole would have handed victory to Hahn but he three-footed to set-up a play-off against Castro. However, a par was enough for the American as Castro found the water.

"The mind is a powerful thing and it was going bad for a while. I just didn't have the confidence, didn't believe in myself. I felt like I was putting in the work but wasn't getting any reward for it, so it made me not want to put in as much work because it's not gratifying," Hahn said.

"You're playing bad and you're missing cuts and there's nothing funny about that.

"It was a relief to make the cut. But to be 100 percent honest with you guys, we dream bigger than that. Making cuts on this tour is not something that I get happy about. Competing and having a chance to win on the back nine on Sunday is something that gets me up ... in the morning."

Rose finished third one stroke behind, while Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Andrew Loupe all finished in a tie for fourth, two strokes adrift.

Needing a strong final round to have any chance of victory, McIlroy bogeyed the opening hole but recovered with birdies at the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth to reach the turn in 66.

He picked up four more shots at the tenth, 11th, 14th and 16th but he closed with a bogey to leave him in a share of fourth.

"It's been a good week in terms of I know what I need to work on, and I know the things that I am working on seem to be clicking nicely," McIlroy said. "But I'm pretty confident going into the next couple weeks. I feel like after a run like this I can go into Sawgrass and be pretty confident with where my game's at."

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